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Traveling During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 29, 2020

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Travel Fixer


Traveling During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a halt on all non-essential travel. The rapid spread of this corona virus has caused many governments to shut down their borders to travel, as well as most countries placing limitations on domestic flights.

Many people, however, had already booked travel in advance and now do not know what to do about the money that they have spent. Others still need to complete the travel but want to make sure they remain safe. For safe travel during the corona virus, you are encouraged to use the following guideline.

If You Have Already Booked Travel And Must Cancel

If you have already scheduled flights, booked hotel stays, or were supposed to depart on a cruise, you are probably in a panic about getting your money back. Thankfully, the airline and cruise industry has been very helpful during the pandemic and have waived cancellation and change fees as well as offering full refunds, even for discounted seats. Many of the cruise lines are even throwing in perks if you decide to reschedule the cruise instead of getting a refund.

As for hotel and tour packages, securing a refund may be a little more difficult. If you have not purchased travel insurance, you may still be able to make a claim for a refund through your credit card. Many credit cards, especially those designed for travel, have cancellation benefits. Some of the hotels are issuing refunds or giving out vouchers. However, not all of them are doing this for their clients.

If You Must Travel

Even during a pandemic, there are reasons that you may have to travel. If this is the case, be prepared for a much different travel experience.

Because of the many corona virus travel restrictions, the airlines have significantly reduced the number of flights that they are offering. Reduced flights mean that you will have to change your schedule to fit available flights, and you may not be able to travel on your preferred airline.

You should make sure that you take every precaution necessary for safe travel during the corona virus. This includes using a face mask and gloves for corona virus travel. While these items do not guarantee absolute protection, they do increase your overall safety. The airlines still will not allow large quantities of liquids on the planes with you, referring to hand sanitizer, so make sure that if you are going to wear gloves that you limit touching things around you, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands frequently.

It is also important to remember that the airlines have significantly reduced in-cabin services such as drink and snack carts. This is an effort to encourage social distancing between passengers and crew. Drink or eat before flying or when you arrive.